Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Marques Zarate, Rice University

The APSA Minority Fellows Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Spring MFP supports students from underrepresented backgrounds who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of a political science PhD program. Awards will range between $500 and $1500, depending on availability funds.

Marques Zárate is a PhD student in the political science department at Rice University. He graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University in 2018 with a BA in political science. His research examines racial politics and political behavior through the lens of psychology. Marques’ current work investigates how external cues, such as threat or political communication, affect the way that people engage with their political environment. His first line of research explores how Latinos in the United States feel when politicians use Spanish language appeals. The second line of research, presented at SPSA 2020, examines whether political trust acts as a moderator for anxiety and political participation. Ultimately, Marques hopes to understand what forces can help drive inclusion in the political process as well as steps we can take to encourage greater participation.